How to Keep Glycerin From Separating in Lip Balm

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Homemade glycerin lip balm softens and moisturizes your lips.
Homemade glycerin lip balm softens and moisturizes your lips. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

When you make your own lip balm and other skin-softening products, glycerin is an adequate ingredient for a silky feel and moisture. However, when it isn't mixed properly, glycerin can separate in your lip gloss and balm formulas or cause them to sweat. Preventing glycerin from separating in lip balm allows you to make a silky, smooth product every time.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp. beeswax pastilles
  • 2 tbsp. coconut carrier oil
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable glycerin
  • 2 drops essential oil
  • 2 8 oz. glass bowls
  • Disposable stirring wand
  • 4 oz. lip balm pot

Pour the beeswax pastilles and coconut carrier oil into one of the glass mixing bowls. Add glycerin and essential oil to a second glass bowl.

Microwave the bowl of beeswax and oil on high for one to two minutes or until it melts into a clear liquid. Meanwhile, stir the contents of the other bowl briskly.

Stir the glycerin and essential oil blend quickly into the melted wax and oil blend. Stir for about 30 seconds. When the glycerin is added to the wax before it starts to cool, it has time to blend in without separating or pulling away from the hardening ingredients of the balm.

Pour the finished, hot lip balm into your lip balm container. Let it sit with the lid off for up to two hours, or until it reaches room temperature.

Tips & Warnings

  • Obtain your ingredients and materials from a craft or hobby supply store.
  • Select an essential oil that is both aromatic and beneficial to your lips. Chamomile, spearmint and vanilla are ideal and gentle choices.
  • Do not add an essential oil you are not familiar with to the lip balm. Some essential oils cause skin irritations.

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